Q&A’s extreme vetting still can’t keep out dissent

Carl Jackson The special post-budget episode of Q&A , featuring education minister Simon Birmingham, demonstrated the absurd lengths to which the government and media will go to suppress any critical voice or opinion – especially those that point out the class war nature of this latest federal budget....CONTINUE READING

You can’t take the politics out of Safe Schools

Chris di Pasquale What happens when a ragtag team of do-gooder celebrity gays and their allies get together to lobby for a new, moderate, “politics and controversy free” version of the Safe Schools program? Well, politics and controversy, of course. The proposal, brainchild of former Fairfax journalist Ben...CONTINUE READING

New Hamas charter codifies a dead-end strategy

Omar Hassan Hamas has offered significant concessions to Israel and the collaborationist Palestinian Authority in the long-awaited update to its political charter. Released on 1 May after months of speculation, the charter cements the increasing moderation of the party under the leadership of Khalid M...CONTINUE READING

How Christensen and Katter became Care Bears

Con Karavias The political right prides itself on its tough, no-nonsense approach to border security and crime. Sentimentality is occasionally permitted on Anzac Day or when a royal octogenarian gets the hiccups. But the right’s champions assure us that empathy and compassion can have no place in the v...CONTINUE READING

The discreet charm of Mike Pence

Diane Fieldes According to the world media, US vice president Mike Pence has been on a “charm offensive” in Australia. In reality, Pence is a right-wing weirdo, who could be dubbed charming only by contrast with Donald Trump, and because of the sycophancy of the media. This shtick of not being as bad as...CONTINUE READING

A terror whose name we dare not speak

Ben Hillier Money corrupts. And too many young men are being seduced and radicalised by its lure. Greed-fuelled extremism is not a new phenomenon. Many communities have dealt with it, going back millennia. In the 8th century BC, Amos, a contemporary of Isaiah, thundered against the wealthy of Sion, th...CONTINUE READING

What’s wrong with Tim Anderson?

Omar Hassan The weird and wacky world of the far right blogosphere has had a busy fortnight. They pulled out all stops: shocking headlines, capital letters, even the classic homoerotic picture of a topless Putin on a horse. The point of all this frantic activity? To cast as much doubt as possible on t...CONTINUE READING

Why they lie about refugees

Con Karavias Politicians lie. There’s nothing they do better or more predictably. But Australian politicians have the uncanny ability to surpass even the most cynical expectations of what the people in power will sink to. And all they have to do is start talking about refugees. Take Peter Dutton’s late...CONTINUE READING

How the 18c debate restored my faith in parliament

Louise O’Shea Political service is well known for attracting the best and brightest of each generation. Nowhere was that more evident than in the Australian Senate during the debate on amendments to section 18C of the Racial Discrimination Act. The debate’s participants are a credit to the private schoo...CONTINUE READING